TV Show Review – The Walking Dead, season 4

The Walking Dead, season 4
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: August 26, 2014

THE WALKING DEAD

Last year, when I reviewed season 3 of this hit series, I stated: “If you are not watching THE WALKING DEAD, you must really hate excellent television. This show, by far, has to be the best drama on television right now.” My feelings have not changed a bit since then, and if anything, they are even more impassioned. It is amazing how a show can get better and better with age, but THE WALKING DEAD seems to pull it off with ease. Season 4 ups the ante in drastic ways, and lemme tell you: with everything that happens, the characters in the show will never be the same again!

If you’re not familiar with THE WALKING DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

In this highly anticipated new season, we see Rick and the group of survivors fostering a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison. Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr., The Wire). The Walking Dead, the most watched drama in basic cable history, returns for another terrifying and exhilarating season on AMC on October 13.

I’ve talked to several people over the past couple of years who are not zombie fans, but they love THE WALKING DEAD regardless. This is a huge testament to the human drama contained within the show and how well it plays out against the zombie backdrop.

As with previous seasons, season 4 of THE WALKING DEAD is shot well, and every episode looks like it could be part of a movie. The acting is top notch, and we are introduced to several new characters, including Dr. Eugene Porter and Sgt. Abraham Ford. The new characters add an interesting, new level to cast, which makes for even more intriguing plot turns.

In addition to the new faces, there are a couple of major characters that fall during season 4 as well. One of these was a MAJOR shocker for me, and I did not see it coming. Obviously, I will not go into details about who dies and how, but I will say one loss that happens towards the end of the season is the saddest, most gut-wrenching exit in the history of the series.

Season 4 of THE WALKING DEAD is probably the most emotionally-filled of all the seasons thus far, with plenty of twists and turns. My favorite episode has to be number 14, “The Grove”. This episode contains the exit of a main character, but the reason for this person’s departure is disturbing and extremely sad. I love the emotional roller-coaster the show set me on, and for that, I consider this the best episode of the season.

THE WALKING DEAD season 4 is another huge win for me, and I highly recommend you snatch this up as soon as it hits store shelves tomorrow. Be sure and check it out on Blu-ray; in addition to the HD picture and sound, you’ll get a slew of special features, including:

* Extended episodes
* Featurettes, including behind-the-scenes footage, production videos, special effects tricks, character portraits, and more
* Deleted scenes
* Cast and crew commentaries

and more. Make this number one on your priority list…you won’t be disappointed.

MSB

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